What do independent experts say about sustainability and ING?
ING is one of the most sustainable listed banks in the world. Our policies and actions are assessed by independent institutions, which report on them annually.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) named ING among world leaders in the industry category Banks and again included ING in the World Index and the Europe Index of this category in 2018. While the industry average score is 58, ING scores 82 out of 100, almost unchanged from our 2017 score of 89. The highest score in the Banks category is 94. In December 2018, ING’s score was recalculated to 78 and our inclusion in the DJSI World and Europe index confirmed.
ING received perfect scores for climate strategy, environmental reporting, and business risks and opportunities related to environmental policies and product & services. We also improved our scores in the area of human capital development and maintained our position in financial inclusion and social reporting. The results show our efforts to contribute towards a low-carbon and self-reliant society.
ING remains a sustainability ‘leader’, ranking ninth out of 336 listed and non-listed global banks, according to Sustainalytics.
ING scored an 84 as of March 2019, one point lower than our previous rating, putting us in the 98th percentile in the banks industry group and first in our market capitalisation peer group. Sustainalytics is a global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings.
ING’s ‘leader’ status applies to our environmental and social performance, with the governance category falling in the ‘outperformer’ assessment tier.
ING was again named to CDP’s ‘Climate change A-List’ of 126 companies leading on climate change action, the fourth year in a row we’ve received this recognition.
The global non-profit CDP uses measurement and disclosure to improve the way companies and governments manage environmental risk. In 2018 it assessed thousands of companies on their environmental performance related to climate change on behalf of 650 investors with over $87 trillion in assets.
ING retains its ‘A’ rating in the ESG ratings universe of MSCI, an investment research firm that provides indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics to institutional investors. The rating was confirmed in December 2018, remaining unchanged from the preceding two years.
The rating underscores ING’s sound corporate governance, as well as its strengths in human capital development, privacy and data security and financing environmental impact.